About Us

Responsible House is a highly experienced contracting company that specializes in energy efficiency upgrades for homes and commercial buildings in Central Virginia. If you’re concerned about any of the following problems and want to find a solution, we are the contractor for you: 

  • High energy bills 
  • Excessive carbon footprint 
  • Uncomfortable indoor temperatures 
  • Poor indoor air quality 

Building Science Specialists 

Responsible House Work Vehicle

Our goal is to fix whatever problems you’re experiencing in your home or building while adhering to the highest environmental standards. We embrace challenging projects that other contractors might shy away from and enjoy thinking through problems to find the best solution. Unlike many other insulation contractors, we are building science specialists and certified building analyst professionals. We understand how houses work as a system, and we use our knowledge to make impactful energy efficiency improvements. 

We offer insulation installation, air sealing, indoor air quality services, crawl space encapsulation, energy audits, and more. We can also handle complicated energy retrofits that may involve renovation work, assist with new green construction projects, and prepare homes for solar installation by reducing energy consumption with an energy retrofit.    

We are a Local, Family-Owned and Operated Company 

William Running A Blower Door Test

Responsible House is a local, family-owned business. We’re based in Waynesboro, Virginia and we serve all of Central Virginia including Albemarle County, Augusta County, Nelson County, Rockbridge County, and Rockingham County. 

William, our president, grew up in the valley, attended JMU for his undergraduate studies, and obtained his graduate degree from the University of Illinois. William ultimately chose to do what he loves—build—and founded Responsible House in 1995. 

Melissa is from Richmond and joined the company when she chose what she loved and married William in 2011. She brought with her a bachelor’s degree in education and work experience in marketing, Waldorf education, and employment. As they’ve grown the company together, they have also grown their family to include four bustling children.

We are a part of the community we serve and are committed to providing high-quality energy efficiency improvements that you’ll be proud to tell your friends and neighbors about. 

Make Your House a Responsible House

Responsible House is committed to helping solve the climate crisis with bottom-up solutions that encourage individuals to take any action they can—no matter how small—to improve their home’s energy efficiency. You may not be able to build the most energy-efficient home on the planet, but with our help, you can make a difference with smart, science-based efficiency improvements that reduce waste and save energy. 

Make the responsible choice for your home or business—contact us to learn more about our energy efficiency services!

Happy Clients

Responsible House worked tirelessly to bring back to life my family’s 100-year old farmhouse with a major energy retrofit and extensive structural restoration. I cannot say enough good things about this local, family owned business. They meticulously pursued perfection at… Read more “We are immensely grateful”

Joyce C.

William came to study the problem. He was incredibly thorough weighing in all possible causes and solutions to my Attic blues. He then put together a plan and executed it to perfection. If you do not go to Responsible house… Read more “Attic Blues”

Charles C.

They caulked all the places on the interior of my log home where I was losing heat. I am saving 20% on my heating bill now. The team also fixed minor issues with the house which they found during the… Read more “Very Happy With The Work”

Donna S.

The experience I had from Responsible House installing my new insulation it was quick and effortless. Their team came in and within two days I was able to return to a much warmer house. My air-conditioning would run almost constantly… Read more “Quick And Effortless”

Jason W.

The upstairs level of our home used to get extremely hot in the summertime, using a lot of wasted electricity to try to cool things down. Responsible house was able to insulate our home which ended up zeroing out our… Read more “Extremely Hot Upstairs Insulation Google Review”

Rachel B.

The most amazing contractors I have ever worked with – William saved us! You will not find anyone as professional and competent – not only in the valley but honestly anywhere. I have had so many bad experiences – Responsible… Read more “Dahlia N./Houzz.com Review”

Our project consisted of a kitchen/bath/bedroom remodel – a roughly 5 month project. William and his team were the consummate professionals throughout–skilled, knowledgeable, straightforward and direct. They provided advice and recommendations when needed and dealt promptly with any problems that… Read more “Kay B./Houzz.com Review”

Not only do they provide high quality services, they also are extremely easy to work with and they have a strong sense of design. -Michael Brown/Houzz.com… Read more “Michael Brown/Houzz.com Review”

“We highly recommend him and his team, and especially for a custom plan containing elements which are not standard construction.” –Custom Home… Read more “Custom Home Client/Houzz.com”

They have a very thorough attention to detail, and always rendered results that were exactly what the clients and I were after. –Annie M./Houzz.com… Read more “Annie M./Houzz.com Review”

A Net Zero Home
When conditioned air is trying to escape to the coldness outside, it has a hard time. This house only allows it’s volume of air to switch with the outside once every 24 hours. That’s 12 times more efficient than the average home. This is the 2nd tightest house we have built.
Outdoor Kitchen Window
Energy efficiency is not about your windows but this is one of the times we do recommend replacing your windows - when you are reimagining your space. This kitchen renovation on a 200 year old home also highlights Responsible House’s breadth of experience and that we can handle any projects tangential to your insulation needs.
Kitchen Remodel
We had to give you a peek of that window and kitchen from the inside. Truly reimagined!
Nellysford Cottage
This adorable cottage may not look fierce, but it is holding onto it’s air envelope mighty tightly. It takes 12 hours for all of the conditioned air inside of this house to sneak through the tiny holes present and be replaced by unconditioned air from the outside. In contrast, the average home does this every 2 hours. Super leaky homes (and plenty exist) perform far worse than that – every hour or even less!
Bungalow Remodel
These homeowners took it slowly over 5 years - insulated the ceiling of their basement, replaced their roof to prep for solar, had some solar installed, conditioned their attic (and replaced old HVAC equipment), and finally completed their solar array. Their home is cozy and energy efficient now.
Annie Interior
On a cold day, this home exchanges the entire envelope of air inside with the outside air about once every 40 hours. This is stunningly low! This translates to not having to keep your heater running on a cold day because you aren’t constantly heating the outside air that is coming in. The average house exchanges it’s entire volume of air (that you paid so dearly to warm up or cool off) with the outside air every 2 HOURS.